GP practices have been taking part in the new Department of Health You’re Welcome programme, which aims at improving health services for 11–19 year-olds and ensure they can receive appropriate healthcare whenever they need to.
The programme, which has also been running in sexual health services, pharmacies, hospitals and services in schools and further education settings, aims to help young people access the best health services to meet their needs.
It seeks to strengthen strategies to improve teenage health, including reaching vulnerable and marginalised groups, and to engage with young people early on, helping them feel comfortable using health services for the rest of their lives.
By 2020, health services regularly used by young people across the country will be expected to take part in the programme. The government has invested £4.5m in a national roll out, so that all young people – regardless of where they live – are able to access services best suited to their needs.
Dawn Primarolo, Minister for Public Health, said: “The You’re Welcome programme is doing fantastic work to help children and young people feel comfortable and confident visiting doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other health services.
“Tackling inequalities remains a top priority across government. This important programme helps young people to get the support and advice they need to keep them fit and healthy.”